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About the Purdue Latino Alumni Network

The Purdue Latino Alumni Network was first established in 2004 as the Purdue Latino Alumni Organization (PLAO). Our original members were driven to create this organization to reconnect with the university. The members found a home within Purdue’s Latino Cultural Center, which opened in 2003, and this helped them officially create PLAO.


Our mission is to connect Latino alumni and strengthen their bond to Purdue. To fulfill this, we will focus on the following objectives:

  • Networking: To develop a worldwide network of Purdue Latino alumni and friends aiming to elevate and celebrate Latino achievement and success, while also cultivating their relationship with the university
  • Professional Development: To create a platform and opportunities where professional Purdue Latino alumni and friends can come together to support one another, provide useful resources, and create opportunities for the development and enhancement of professional skills
  • Community Service: To support others by actively participating in institutional programs and initiatives focused on uplifting Latino voices and lives both at Purdue and beyond

Patsy J. Mellott

BS College of Health and Human Sciences, 1969
Fishers, IN

Patsy earned a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition in business from Purdue in 1969, in addition to an MBA in food marketing from Michigan State University in 1970. She retired from Kraft Foods in 2006 after 36 years in corporate food marketing and marketing communications management.

A community volunteer, Patsy serves on the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana Advisory Board and the Purdue College of Health and Human Sciences Dean’s Leadership Council, in addition to the President’s Council Advisory Board. She is a former member of the Health and Human Sciences Alumni Board. Patsy held several offices from 2006 through 2013, including president and treasurer. She serves her community’s Discover Indianapolis Club in Fishers, holding several leadership roles for over 10 years.

Patsy has received several honors, including the Purdue University Nutrition Science Department Hall of Fame recipient in 2009 and the Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award in 2016. She also received the college’s Gold and Black Award in 2016, an honor reserved for donors who have moved the college forward by committing exceptional financial resources.

In addition to endowing two scholarships, the Patsy J. Mellott Scholarship and Patsy J. Mellott HHS Scholarship, she established the Patsy J. Mellott Teaching Innovation Award in the College of Health and Human Sciences in 2013. In 2015, she endowed the Patsy J. Mellott Women’s Tennis Coach Performance Award. She is a lead donor in the Christine M. Ladisch Faculty Leadership Award and the Purdue Women’s Network Virginia C. Meredith Scholarship for the College of Health and Human Sciences.